Ex-Aber striker signs for Stevenage

By Adam Hughes in Football

EX-ABERYSTWYTH Town striker Alex Samuel says that he is delighted to have signed for League Two outfit Stevenage on a two year deal from Swansea City.

A former pupil at Penglais School, he progressed through the Seasiders’ academy system, making his Welsh Premier debut just two weeks after his 16th-birthday, before being snapped-up by the Swans.

A mainstay of the Swansea City Under-21s side which won the Professional Development League in 2014–15, Samuel had a spell on loan to Greenock Morton.

He returned to Swansea in February 2016, and helped the Under-23s in their EFL Trophy run to the quarter-finals, before going on loan to Newport in January.

The 21-year-old was a big hit with the Exiles in their Football League survival campaign, and new boss Michael Flynn was keen to keep him at Rodney Parade.

“I really enjoyed my time there. I couldn’t have anything bad to say towards the club, manager or teammates,” said Samuel. “They gave me a great opportunity, but it is a new chapter now for me, and I really can’t wait to get going.

“Obviously, with the conditions it was difficult, and you have to change your style of play a bit, but I will run for every ball and I will contend for everything.

“I knew that Darren (Sarll) has been watching me for a while now, and that he was impressed. He knows exactly what he will get from me, so that is key.”

A Wales Under 19s international, Samuel said that he was looking forward to a new chapter in his career at Boro, who just missed the Play-Offs this season.

“I see a big opportunity at Stevenage and potential in the club,” Samuel said.

“I met with the gaffer and I could see what he wanted to do and I was completely on board with what he wanted, so I am looking forward to cracking on really.

“I like their style of football. I can see that the team want to play football, but also know when to turn it in behind. It really fits into my style of play, and I think I can give a lot to Stevenage next season.

“It is a big season for us next year to try push on and contend for promotion.

“With the season having just finished, it is nice to know my future is secure and I have a place to play football next season.”

The move comes at a happy time for Samuel, who is preparing to marry his fiancée Rachael in a few weeks’ time.

“It is all go at the moment,” he said. “Me and Rachael came down to the stadium to and it was so great to see the place and meet everyone at the club. We had such a warm welcome for everybody involved.

“We are looking at properties and seeing where we might move to, so it is a big change for us, but it is really exciting.”

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll said that he was delighted to add the Welsh striker to his squad at Broadhall Way.

“Alex is a great start to our summer building. He has enthusiasm, tenacity and a real dynamic to his play that suits our high intensity game,” said the manager.

“I am really pleased to welcome Alex to the club and I’m looking forward to working with him throughout next season.”

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